Messia, Danielle (1956-1985)

Danielle Messia, born Mashiah, on the 27th October 1956 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa in Israel, is an author, composer and singer.

In 1958, she is 3 years old when her parents settle down in France in the Paris district. Danielle is raised with her sister Cécile. Her father leaves in 1960 for USA, without leaving any adress.

In the beginning of the 1970’s, she joins the folk band « Grattons Labeur » which tours in the Orléans region and in several cafés-cabarets of Bretagne with Gérard Blanchard. Danielle follows at the same time history class in the university. The band releases a disc in 1970, Le Bal des sorciers, published by the music label Morice Bénin, ABA.

She then starts a solo carrier and leaves to discover Austria, Romania and Italy along with her guitar.

Back in Paris at the end of 1978, she lives in rue de Paradis in a small chambre de bonne. She sings in the streets, in the subway, and in the youth and culture homes.
She is hires at the end of 1978, at the Écume for the end of year celebrations, where she makes an important meeting, with Eddy Schaff which works with her on her voice, to record a disc. She will later say « He taught me to sing, [...] gave me confidence in myself ».

Jean Lavigne records her fist disc released to 1000 copies, but never diffused. She then invites 200 figures of show-business, but only two journalists will come, Jacques Vassal and Maurice Marouani which talk of her to Barclay music label.

Her first disc Il fait soleil is released in 1981. Her second album De la main gauche is released the next year, and on the same year, she joins her sister who lives in California. In October 1982, she perfoms in the Olympia concert hall as part of the « Olympiades de la chanson ».
In 1984, she leaves Barclay and signs with Wea for a third album Carnaval released in 1985. She participates to the Printemps de Bourges festival and the Équinoxe festival in Bretagne.

She passed away on June13, 1985, of a cancer.

One year later, her friends, Gérard Classe and Georges Nawrocki decide to release the souvenir album Les Mots with songs taken from the 1979 album which was never released, and from studio demos. This album receives the award of the Académie Charles Cros « in Memoriam ».

Danielle Messia marked the 1980’s with witness-songs (Grand-mère ghetto), premonitary songs (Le Paradis des musiciens), intimate pictures (De la main gauche)… This carrier was accompanied by Eddy Schaaf, a musician that we heard along with Allain Leprest or Jacques Yvart.

Jean-Jacques Goldman dedicated to her his song Famille, and he also wrote for her the music of the song Le temps des enfants.

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  • Canatamanana (EXTRAIT) - Danielle Messia

  • J’voudrais m’poser (EXTRAIT) - Danielle Messia

  • De la Main gauche (EXTRAIT) - Danielle Messia

  • Pourquoi tu m’as abandonné (EXTRAIT) - Danielle Messia

  • Safari (EXTRAIT) - Danielle Messia

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